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Admirals Win Legion Games

Published: July 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

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Will Huegi runs the bases during action this summer. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Will Huegi runs the bases during action this summer. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

The Bethel Admirals U19 American Legion Baseball team, comprising players from Bethel and Newtown, are 13-6. They earned a trio of shutouts this past week. Game highlights are as follows:


On July 3, the Admirals blanked Naugatuck 3-0. The third-place Admirals climbed a full game in the standings against second-place Naugatuck behind Orlando Swift's six innings of one-hit ball on a steamy night at Bethel's Hunt Field. Swift struck out seven and enjoyed the stellar defensive play of shortstop Brian Ridzik and third baseman Rob Murray. The Admirals scored all their runs in the second as Ben Harrison led off with a double and his teammates followed with three well-placed bunts.


In a July 5 home game against Washington, the Admirals prevailed 2-0. Right-hander Tyler Davis went the distance and whiffed ten batters. Cleanup hitter Ben Harrison (2-for-3) banged an RBI double. Flashing the leather, right fielder Dylan Champagne's full layout shoestring catch brought the crowd to its feet.


The Admirals doubled up Danbury 4-2 on July 7. Will Huegi (2-for-3 with a walk) scored three runs in the leadoff spot, and left fielder Josh Taylor drove in a pair with a double to left center in the third inning to secure the win on a cloudless afternoon at Brookfield High School. Dylan Champagne earned a two-inning save, striking out four of the six batters he faced.


In a spirited twilight double header between the top two teams in the Zone 5 standings, the Admirals and Oakville split with the Admirals winning 4-0 and Oakville winning 4-3. Hurler Kyle Roche scuffled and battled without his best stuff in game one, but turned in a complete game shutout nevertheless. In game two, Orlando Swift gave up a couple of unearned runs early in the contest, but hung tough as his teammates nearly came-from-behind. On the day, standout performers at the plate included Ben Harrison (2-for-5, two doubles), Rob Lombardo (3-for-6, double and triple), Andy Ridzik (3-for-4), and Brian Ridzik (3-for-7).

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